#1 Posted by Klei (1768 posts) -



God damn this game was awesome. This game had such a powerful setting - a russian-occupied New York city. I remember how the time would progress through the game, seeing your character's hair grow and his outfit getting messier and trashier. You'd use fast travel through sewers to get back to your main HQ, where your fellow renegades and freedom fighters would hang. Oh man. I miss this game so dearly. To this day, I didn't know it was made by IO interactive, the guys behind Hitman. And now it seems so obvious, since the two games shared the same engine/looks. Anyways, this game was pretty much a sleeper hit, no one played it around me but my friends, whom I forced to play and then fell in love it it.

Anyone of you guys played this, circa 2003? I really wish you could legally download this game nowadays, like on steam or something. Was such a great experience. I could dream of a sequel, but how would it fit by today's standards? What kind of game could it be?

Also, it had one hell of a soundtrack, courtesy of Jesper Kyd : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOCpvHnGvNE

#2 Posted by MB (13098 posts) -

I moved this to the Freedom Fighters forum where there are a bunch of different threads from people talking about how much they like the game.

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#3 Posted by Yummylee (22538 posts) -

Yes, yes I have! I got to it a little late, roughly at about 2010 I think on PS2, but it still held up really well and was a lot of fun. Much longer than I expected as well; lot of moments I assumed would be the end, only for it to open up another sect of missions. The soundtrack was indeed pretty fucking ace at that, and Vinny & Drew's LOLS with Freedom Fighters was some good viewin'.

#4 Posted by HeathHuston (28 posts) -

Hell ya, the second best set of plumbers in gaming

#5 Posted by buft (3320 posts) -

I never finished it, i think some of the later levels where frustrating but overall I had a really great time with it.

#6 Edited by Kovie (206 posts) -

Kane and Lynch was the secret sequel to Freedom Fighters (no really, the mechanics are very derivative), but unfortunately did pretty much everything that it could wrong.

Still, Freedom Fighters is a really awesome game with only a few notable issues - In other words, it holds up remarkably well, and its super fun to play. The ridiculous GB video feature that involved playing it on its highest difficulty and starting right near the end of the game was a lot of fun, as well.

#7 Posted by senrat (329 posts) -

I really liked this game when it came out. I remember there being some frustrating parts but overall a great time. I thought it was cool in a hitman kind of way in that you could approach missions in multiple ways.

#8 Posted by HatKing (6108 posts) -

@klei: Did you know they did a Load Our Last Save for this game? I'm pretty sure they played it on the highest difficulty too. It's a few episodes long of the back end of the game. It's really interesting stuff to look back on.

The game was great. I actually still own a PC copy, but it's one of those games that runs kind of weird on newer machines. I think I have to emulate older hardware for it as a work around, can't remember though. Frankly, I'd rather just play a console version of it than deal with that stuff.

#9 Posted by darkvare (780 posts) -

i still have my xbox version of the game so good

#10 Posted by armaan8014 (5444 posts) -

Yes! Loved the atmosphere and the innovative gameplay mechanics (for its time). I didn't finish the whole game but was hooked as I watched my sister end her playthrough. Great game!

#11 Posted by mosespippy (4445 posts) -

I still think it's weird that they positioned Kane and Lynch as the spiritual successor.

#12 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3987 posts) -

Ended up ranking this as my 10th favorite game ever, so yeah I like this game a lot.

IO is underrated, between this game and Hitman Blood Money they made two of my top 10 favorite games.

#13 Posted by SomeDeliCook (2341 posts) -

I bought Homefront simply because it reminded me a lot of Freedom Fighters. Boy was I almost completely wrong.

I mostly just miss the squad commands.

#14 Posted by bybeach (4995 posts) -

This was a game that among a few others, got me past a pure shooter, first or third person. It had for me unusual but comprehendible mechanics. Plus I liked the graphics for the time, and the art. And I liked the story.

Nothing against Russians, could have been anybody in an alternate universe, you know. Well, it could have been at least others. Crysis been lining up the North Koreans for a while, and China is pissed right now. I liked one thing where you could act in a way to recruit some enemy, if another prerequisite was met.

Good game, and loved Vinny and Drew's F.F. show!

#15 Posted by Klei (1768 posts) -

I still think it's weird that they positioned Kane and Lynch as the spiritual successor.

It's more than weird. It's almost a crime. Freedom Fighters should be its own licence and has absolutely nothing to do with K&L. It's like saying God of War being the spiritual successor of Splinter Cell.

#16 Edited by Nux (2421 posts) -

I never finished it and I'm not really sure why I stopped playing it in the first place but I really liked what I played. I always wanted to go back to it and finally finish it but I never did.

#17 Edited by NTM (7542 posts) -

Yep, I love the game. Absolutely fantastic. It probably has my favorite take on New York. I mean, I've never personally been to New York, but just the feel of it was really superb. The music by Jesper Kyd is some of my favorite game music, and I still listen to it today. The friendly and enemy A.I. are impressive, and the over the shoulder, tactical gameplay was smart and fun. While I don't like "America's the best!" crap, nor do I like war, I felt the game got down perfectly a patriotic feel to it where someone invades the country, and then the American's rising up and fighting back, to an extent it sent shivers down my spine I believe.

It's one of the games that I personally feel needs a sequel, and by now, perhaps even an updated version of it. I tried playing it on my PC a few months ago actually, and while it 'runs', it either goes in fast motion, or slow motion, but not in frame rate, it's just awkward. So yeah, I love the game. If it's not one of my favorite games ever, it's certainly one of my favorite games of two generations ago. It's also backwards compatible. The problem is that, aside from glitches that are brought up due to the compatibility, the controls aren't ideal as compared to later games that brought aiming over the shoulder to L, instead it's hold R3 (or was it L3?)

#18 Edited by mina_mina752 (121 posts) -

played it when i was 10 or 11, gta vc was dominating video games at that time so i never finished it...just the level where u get attacked by a chopper

#19 Posted by Chaser324 (6744 posts) -

Games like Freedom Fighters and Metal Arms were some of the last great "b-tier" games. A bit of a shame that the market has largely squeezed out games like this.

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#20 Edited by Fredchuckdave (6144 posts) -

Yep, Freedom Fighters was a great game; and its short enough to just randomly play through in a single sitting at whim if you so desire. The current Eidos team made the game so direct all sequel complaints to Kane and Lynch/Square Enix

#21 Posted by Seppli (10250 posts) -

I've played it way back when. On PC. That's all that I can say, because it's all that I remember. Nothing to write home about then, I guess? Maybe I should give it another playthrough, you say?

Who am I kidding? No time for such indulgences. There's enough great games I've yet to play, so I'll stick to those.

#22 Posted by Ramone (2976 posts) -

Man, I fucking love Freedom Fighters.

#23 Edited by superpow (227 posts) -

I even found the multiplayer to be quite entertaining. A few buddies and I would spend entire afternoons just playing it.

#24 Posted by SomeDeliCook (2341 posts) -

Just reinstalled it and beat the game within a couple hours. This game has amazing music.

I wish they would remake the game and come out with a true sequel. New York is such an overused setting in media, but I liked how it was portrayed in this game.

#25 Edited by TheCreamFilling (1203 posts) -

I LOVE this game. I remember back in the day I only had cash for one game. I had it down to either Freedom Fighters or Mafia. I know I made the right decision.

#26 Posted by SARRISS (155 posts) -

I think I'm the only one who played and enjoyed the multiplayer. Hell of a thing. There were some truly dick things you could do if you were good at managing your dudes.

The single player was fantastic. Not much more I can say that the rest of you have or will probslly say there.

#27 Edited by fisk0 (4485 posts) -

@hatking said:

@klei: Did you know they did a Load Our Last Save for this game? I'm pretty sure they played it on the highest difficulty too. It's a few episodes long of the back end of the game. It's really interesting stuff to look back on.

The game was great. I actually still own a PC copy, but it's one of those games that runs kind of weird on newer machines. I think I have to emulate older hardware for it as a work around, can't remember though. Frankly, I'd rather just play a console version of it than deal with that stuff.

They are premium videos, and as far as I can see @klei is not a premium user. But that was a great video series, so it, and the load our last souls and other premium videos are totally worth a premium subscription.

#28 Edited by Fredchuckdave (6144 posts) -

Let's moo! Stand your ground! Retreat!

#29 Posted by HatKing (6108 posts) -

@fisk0: Oh, didn't realize they're premium only. Yes, definitely worth signing up for, among all the other Load Our Last videos. This topic actually got me to rewatch that series.

#30 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

Yep and had a blast too. We fought for the land of the free goddammit!

#31 Posted by Stonyman65 (2871 posts) -

I loved that game. I'm STILL pissed that Freedom Fighters 2 didn't come out. I really hope that this series gets necro'd sometime soon. It was awesome then, and it would be awesome now with modern mechanics and tech.

#32 Edited by GTCknight (705 posts) -

Yes I have played Freedom Fighters. Its still one of favorite PS2 games. I enjoyed how open the game was in that the player always had multiple ways to finish a chapter.

#33 Posted by billymagnum (841 posts) -

the playthrough was one of the best. fucking hilarious how they didnt realize the cable wasnt plugged in right

#34 Posted by vikingdeath1 (1005 posts) -

Almost every time I go into my parents basement, there is an empty copy of Freedom Fighters sitting on a box gathering dust... and then I cry.

#35 Posted by Elyhaym (237 posts) -

Played and completed back when it came out. Awesome game! Bummed that IO have seemingly abandoned that franchise in favor of making Hitman ad nauseam.